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Monday, December 21, 2015

My "Secret Ingredient" Eggnog.



Eggnog. The holidays just aren't the holidays without it. Everybody has their own variation, and I thought I'd share my own version of the Christmas classic with you today, because I think it's pretty damn special. Why you ask? Well because of my secret ingredient, of course.

Before we run off to wacky ingredient land, which I instantly travel to when I see the words "secret ingredient", I must warn you that it's not something out-there like Kiwano melon or eye of newt.. No, my recipe calls for something a little less wacky than strange, horned fruit and newt eyes.. My recipe calls for a lashing of Baileys. Smooth, creamy, Baileys.

Sure. Rum is fun and bourbon is... urban? But Baileys.. Oh boy! Baileys gives the eggnog a whole different dimension of flavour and next level creaminess that I just can't seem to beat.


Baileys Eggnog Recipe

Serves 4
(or 1 Christie)

Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cinnamon sticks*
  • 2 vanilla bean pods, split and seeds removed*
  • 1 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • 5 eggs, separated - Cover the whites and refrigerate until needed
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream
* Sometimes, I'm not fancy enough to have cinnamon sticks and vanilla pods laying around the house. In this case, ground cinnamon (roughly 3 teaspoons) and vanilla essence (5 teaspoons) works a treat.

Directions
  • In a saucepan, combine your milk, cream, cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon), vanilla pod and seeds (or vanilla essence), and nutmeg. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. Once boiling, remove from the heat and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl or mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar until combined and thick. Strain the steeped saucepan mixture and slowly whisk the slightly cooled milk in to the egg yolk mix, continuing to stir until it is smooth and combined. Add the Baileys, and stir. I like to add a little extra ground cinnamon and a splash more vanilla essence here, because I like to party. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Before serving, beat the put-aside egg whites in your mixer until soft meringue peaks form. Strain your eggnog mixture one more time before gently folding in the egg whites until combined and fluffy. Serve and garnish with nutmeg.


I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all my lovely readers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

17 comments:

  1. I've never tasted eggnog but this sounds beautiful. I love Baileys.

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  2. Yummmmm! That looks delicious! I might have to give it a whirl, I love Baileys.

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  3. Give it a try if you're in to Baileys. Delish. :) x

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  4. Oh man. You won't be disappointed. x

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  5. If you're a lover of Baileys, you're going to die over this. 100% x

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  6. Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountryDecember 22, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    I have added Baileys to my eggnog. I love making our own using Cashew or Coconut milk.

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  7. Natalie @ AFitPhilosophy.comDecember 22, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Well I'll certainly be trying this for Christmas this year :)

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  8. I have never tried this!! I think I might give it a shot!!!

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  9. Yes please...I LOVE Baileys so this is definitely a winner

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  10. I've never thought to use a different type of milk. I'll have to experiment. :) x

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  11. Do itttttt! You won't be sorry. :) x

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  12. Okay... really loved the (1 Christie) part. Totally not a fan of eggnog and I've never even tried it. This recipe makes me WANT to try it. Thanks!

    Christie
    Christie

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  13. Yum! I haven't ever made my own eggnog but I do usually add a healthy splash of baileys in it!

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  14. Looks yummy!

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